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Helsinki's utility accelerates pace to sustainable heating

Smart Energy International Summary The City of Helsinki’s energy company, HELEN, is avidly seeking ways of moving away from fossil-based heat generation, particularly from coal-burning plants. “The Hanasaari coal-fired combined heat and power plant will be closed by the end of 2024. We...


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Valmet to optimize Helsinki district heating

Power Engineering International Summary Valmet has been chosen to supply an optimization solution for Helen Ltd’s district heat production and network in Helsinki, Finland. The system will be geared to improve the energy efficiency of Helen’s district heating network, reduce emissions,...


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Helsinki Mayor pledges €1m for idea to replace coal-fired energy plants

UUTISET Summary The Mayor of Finland's capital launched a campaign on Wednesday aimed at tackling climate change called the Helsinki Challenge competition. During a Helsinki Symposium at City Hall, Mayor Jan Vapaavuori promised one million euros to whoever can devise an energy production...

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Helsinki Produces Energy with Underground Hot and Cold Water Lakes

360 Feed Wire, Oil & Gas 360 Summary The city energy company Helen is building hot-water storage into man-made caves. Helsinki, Finland , Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Former fuel-oil storage caves in the Helsinki bedrock will store hot water heated in the processes of the...


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District heating can be produced without fossil fuels in Finland - even in Helsinki

Advanced energy solutions Research, Aalto University Summary The change is possible through the use of heat pumps, wind power, heat storage and demand response. Heating accounts for about half of the energy consumed by the Finnish homes. Some of the researchers from the Smart Energy...


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Finnish gov wants to ban coal usage in 2029

Mu Xuequan, Xinhua News Summary HELSINKI, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The use of coal for producing heat and electricity is possible to become illegal in Finland in 2029, based on a bill submitted to the parliament on Thursday. The envisaged schedule met instant criticism particularly from the...


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Helsinki Energy Company Helen to Go Climate Neutral

City of Helsinki Helen operates Finland's first V2G (vehicle-to-grid) electric car charging station, developed by Helen with partners in the mySMARTLife EU Project. The project develops solutions to cut urban carbon dioxide emissions. Pictured is the first charging. Photo: Sonja Meskanen...


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Helsinki Announces Plan How to Become Carbon Neutral by 2035

Press Release, Globe Newswire Helsinki city center. Photo credit: Suomen Ilmakuva/City of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland, March 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A Helsinki expert group has completed a proposal for an action plan that outlines how the city can be rendered carbon neutral...


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to-the-point: Finland starts tests of renewable district heating plant

Tsvetomira Tsanova, Renewables Now Summary Wood pellets. Author: U.S. Department of Agriculture. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic A pellet-fired plant in Helsinki with a district heat output of about 92 MW entered test operations last week, Finnish utility Helen Ltd...


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Helsinki Seeks to Be Carbon Neutral by 2035

Press Release, City of Helsinki, Marketwired HELSINKI, FINLAND--(Marketwired - September 29, 2017) - Helsinki City Council voted unanimously on September 27, 2017, to pass a proposal for a new city strategy including the goal to render Helsinki carbon neutral by 2035. The vote accelerated the...